In my opinion, this is a subject that our politicians and religious organizations, in general, have made very difficult to address rationally. The citizenship seem to have a more nuanced set of opinions on this subject than you are led to believe, opinions that seem to change little over time. In my mind, the topic also seems to dominate the national discussion excessively, to the detriment of other issues that can more critically impact the well being of the nation. But it does seem to be a good topic to push agendas and foster divisiveness. The politicians of today are mostly a bunch of hypocrites.
First of all, the results of a survey.
I was led to the survey by this article.
The last section of the article seems to suggest that attempts to legislate in this regard may make little or no difference in a practical sense in the final count.
I recommend that you read, or listen to, the entire poem.
When we come to it
We, this people, on this wayward, floating body
Created on this earth, of this earth
Have the power to fashion for this earth
A climate where every man and every woman
Can live freely without sanctimonious piety
Without crippling fear
When we come to it
We must confess that we are the possible
We are the miraculous, the true wonder of this world
That is when, and only when
We come to it.”
via A Brave and Startling Truth: Astrophysicist Janna Levin Reads Maya Angelou’s Stunning Humanist Poem That Flew to Space, Inspired by Carl Sagan – Brain Pickings
If you did not watch the video of Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot”, you can do it here.
“ ‘All this will I give you,’ he said, ‘if you will bow down and worship me.’ ”
— Matthew 4:9
via Republicans are failing the Roy Moore test – The Washington Post
You have to understand that some of the garbage being spewed out these days when it comes to influencing the politics of this country comes from religious leaders who are supposed to be the voices of morality.
There is a part of this country that is so afraid of the changes going on around them that they will do anything it takes to try to go back to the so called “good old times”, a time that cannot be brought back, indeed a time that might have been good for some but not for many others (think racism and slavery). I used to think that it is pointless to stand in the way of change, but if folks are willing to do anything it takes to twist the political system, to change it and stack it permanently in a regressive way, then who knows.